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09
Dec
2013
Surviving the Holidays after a Loss, Family Matters, Laura Petherbridge, Life After Loss

  “I dread Thanksgiving and Christmas,” the young woman softly shared. “I know as a Christian I should be celebrating the birth of Christ. But my mom passed away this year, and my husband lost his job. Every time a holiday song comes on the radio, or I smell the scent of pine I burst […]

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Family Matters, Laura Petherbridge, Surviving Holidays, Christmas, Step Family

When I was a child Christmas Eve was an elaborate event in my dad’s Italian family. For that special night my nana prepared an exceptional menu of meats, fish, pastas and pastries that would make angels salivate. My cousins, aunts and uncles, godparents and various other people filled the house with boisterous talking, bellowing laughter, […]

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

I’ve experienced more than 55 Christmases. You would think that by now I’d have given up the dream of my holidays turning out like a Normal Rockwell painting.   But I keep trying.   When I was a child, Christmas Eve was an elaborate event in my Dad’s large Italian family. My Nana would cook […]

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27
Sep
2013
Unemployment, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Finances, Laura Petherbridge, Dr. Tim Kimmel, chuch, marriage

“I have something for you in the car,” Ruth said with a compassionate smile. “Thanks, I’ll get it after the meeting,” I replied, knowing she had heard about my husband’s recent job loss.   Ruth could identify with the situation, years earlier her husband had experienced unemployment. She handed me a bag containing three oranges […]

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19
Aug
2013
Grace Based Parenting, Single Mom, Family Matters, Sue Birdseye

“I’ve decided to begin some new techniques with my adult stepkids,” Stepmom Nancy shared with me.   “I sent an email to my step daughter- in-law sharing how I wanted to begin a fresh year and communicate more often. I have decided to stop waiting for them to make the first move. I want them […]

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05
Aug
2013
Close Encounters with a Stepfamily, Laura Petherbridge, stepdad, stepmom, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting

  “I’m happy with the way we have set up our will,” my husband, Steve, said as he got ready to leave for work. “I’m sure you are,” I quipped back. Immediately, both of us stopped what we were doing and looked deeply at each other. My surprisingly quick and abrasive response revealed a deeper […]

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Can This Marriage Be Saved, Laura Petherbridge, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters Blog, Cheating

The issues associated with adultery are often complex, and there is no simple formula for restoration. However, if the couple sincerely desires a healthy, thriving marriage after an affair here are a few beneficial insights:   • Eventually, both people must be committed to restoration. If one spouse attempts to manipulate, badger, guilt or shame […]

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Can This Marriage Be Saved, Laura Petherbridge, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters Blog, Cheating

While reading the paper my husband turned to me and said, “I wonder if there is a politician who isn’t cheating on his spouse.” He was reading one more name, in a never ending list, of those committing adultery.   But Capitol Hill isn’t the only place encountering, “your cheatin’ heart.” After working in divorce […]

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Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Laura Petherbridge, Steve Petherbridge, Retirement

Did you know: Approximately one in three Americans aged 62 or older is expected to have debt in retirement (1) One-third of people over 65 rely on Social Security for 90% of their income. (2) 32% of retirees have less than 10,000 saved. (3) 31% of retirees carry mortgages. (4)   Forty years ago the […]

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